An erupting volcano in a Spanish island blew another fissure on Friday as the authorities recorded eight new earthquakes. This fissure is their third to crack open since the volcano’s eruption on September 19. Here’s the full story.
Eight new earthquakes and third fissure
The third fissure to erupt since Cumbre Vieja volcanic eruption led to the authorities evacuating the area. The volcano is located on a Spanish island off the coast of northwest Africa. Currently, the authorities are waiting to observe the lava flow. The question of if the lava will join the main flow dictates their decision. However, as of now, the main flow has reached the Atlantic Ocean.
La Palma houses over 85,000 people living off of tourism and farming. The banana plantation is one of the most popular occupations in the region. The area is a part of the volcanic natured Canary Island. It is about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. Despite the volcanic eruption, life continues normally on the Spanish territory. The island has about 885 buildings and about 18.6 miles of roads.
Aftereffects of the volcanic eruption
Additionally, officials are monitoring the air quality along the shoreline. This is because the levels of sulfur dioxide in the area where the molten rock and ocean meet are high. While the levels are high, they have not reached a heath threat level. Additionally, the locals in the area are recommended to stay indoors. They are also asked to wear eye protection and masks to protect themselves from volcanic ash.
As of now, over 6,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds are warned to stay at home and avoid inhaling the toxic gas. Moreover, the authorities have not recorded any major injuries or casualties among the residents.
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